Pets Need Our Help In Maintaining A Healthy Weight And Lifestyle

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Did you know that every pound that your small breed dog gains is the equivalent of you gaining 23 pounds, and a single pound on your cat is like 16 pounds gained on you? Unfortunately, over 50% of all pets are considered obese, which can lead to many other costly health problems.

Pets are our fur babies, our best friends, our companions and a large part of our family, but just like the humans we love, pets need our help in maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.


Here are 4 easy ways to prevent pet obesity in your best furry friend:

  1. Talk to your vet.  Your pet’s vet is your best source of information when it comes to all aspects of your best furry friend’s health. So, if you have any questions regarding your pet’s food, treats, snacks or even about the kinds of table foods you can offer your pet, ask your vet for advice and on how to best manage your pet’s eating habits without risking your fur baby’s health.
  2. Read nutrition labels. Just like human food, most pet foods have labels on them that contain both the ingredients and the nutritional information, including calories, fat contents, and more. Not all foods are created equal, so when you’re standing in the pet food store or aisle, make sure you get the pet food and snacks that are the most nutritious and healthiest for your furry best friend.
  3. Be Consistent. Use a measuring cup to ensure that your pet always gets the same amount of food every meal, and do your best to feed your furry friend on a regular schedule. If you work long hours or have an unpredictable schedule, consider investing in an automatic feeder that can be preset to feed your pet a certain amount at a specific time. That way, you pet is guaranteed to be fed, but never overfed, and you don’t have to worry about skipping meals or guessing meal portions.
  4. Make exercise fun. If you’re like most people, the idea of spending an hour on a treadmill is probably the last thing you want to do. That’s why it’s so important that you make exercise fun, not just for yourself, but for your pet, too. Get outside and go for a nice walk or check out a local park for a game of fetch. If you have a cat, think about getting a laser or feather toy on a stick that can make for an awesome time, and a great way to get some fun active time in together. Exercise is not only important for your pet’s physical health, it also boosts mental and emotional well-being and can offer a great bonding experience.

As pet parents, we all know how hard it is to refrain from giving our fur babies that extra piece of homemade chicken or a second helping of their favorite snack treat. But while it might not feel good in the moment, in the long run you might actually be saving your best furry friend from a slew of issues that stem from being overweight, including Type 2 Diabetes, various forms of cancer, high blood pressure and more.

So, in honor of Pet Obesity Awareness Day on October 11, 2017, make a commitment to your pet’s well-being by finding easy and healthy ways to feed and interact with your best fur baby.

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Protect Your Apartment: Save Your Pet Security Deposit

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Did you know one in four pet owners loses their apartment security deposit or pet deposit? If you’re like most people, you consider your security deposit “money in the bank” that you want to get back when you move out and move into another apartment.

When you’re looking for an apartment, you may find it’s not easy to find one that will accept you and your beloved fur-kids. The reason for this is the landlord has been burned in the past by tenants with ill-behaved dogs. You may also find an ideal apartment, but find the pet security deposit and additional rent you have to pay because you have pets puts the apartment financially out of reach.

Pet security deposits

Understand when you sign an apartment lease that has a pet agreement addendum that you know exactly what you’re signing. Many of these documents stipulate the pet size and weight and number of pets you can have. It will spell out if there are prohibited breeds or species (snakes, ferrets, etc.) what the portion of your security deposit is the pet deposit. You will want to ask how much of the deposit is refundable when you move out.

NOTE: Take dated photos of the apartment the day you move in and keep them in case you need to prove the apartment was not damaged by your pet when you move out.

If, when you moved into your apartment you didn’t have a pet you need to ask your landlord whether you can adopt if you are inclined to do so at a later date. Bringing a pet into your apartment without telling the landlord may void your lease and you may be forced to vacate.

What can you do to assure you protect your apartment and save your security deposit?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Crate train your pet. If they are crate trained, they will happily stay secure while you’re away and won’t damage the apartment.
  2. Use positive reinforcement to “train away” bad behaviors. If you have cats, make certain you have several scratching posts throughout the apartment so they can scratch there and not on the walls.
  3. Make certain your dog is housebroken. When housebreaking a puppy, invest in puppy training pads and teach him to go to the bathroom on the pad and not on the carpet or flooring.
  4. If your dog has separation anxiety that could lead to her barking while you’re way and this will most likely infuriate the neighbors. If word of your dog’s incessant barking gets back to the landlord, he may ask you to leave.
  5. If your dog claws the doors or chews the walls and window sills you will likely forfeit your security deposit. Clawing and chewing can be addressed by offering your dog an alternative – a bone or a favorite toy – or by being crate trained. Using a Clawuard will protect the apartment, and preserve your deposit, but it’s best to train your pet to be a good canine citizen.  

A pet deposit may feel like a burden, but many landlords feel that owning a pet is a privilege and they need to protect themselves from potential property damaged caused by a pet. Be a responsible pet parent, train your dog and/or cat, and protect your security deposit!

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Top 5 Ways to Have Fun with Your High Energy Dog

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Whether accidentally or by choice, if you’ve found yourself the loving pet parent of a high energy dog, it might feel like you’re in over your head. While high energy dogs are a lot of fun, and usually very friendly, it can be overwhelming to have to live with one day in and day out. But before you throw in the towel, consider throwing something else that will help both of you with your frustration and bring those energy levels down a few notches.

Here are the top 5 ways to have fun with your high energy dog:

1.  Water Sports.

Swimming, dock-diving, surfing, or just chasing a ball or frisbee on the beach and racing after it into the waves, can be a fun, exhilarating and energy burning activity that is sure to have even the most energized dogs tired enough for some rest and relaxation at home by the couch.

2.  Dry Land Adventures.

Hiking, walking, biking, while exploring new places are a great way to burn a lot of energy and have a great time with your dog. Taking your pup out for 30 - 60 minute adventures 1-3 times a day is sure to burn energy and give you both some quality time together. If you work outside the home, consider hiring a dog walker and see how much calmer your pup is when you get home and just want to relax after work.

3. Toys.

A variety of toys that provide dogs with physical and/or mental stimulation are sure to burn energy and get your pup thinking creatively, which is another great way to burn extra fuel. There are even toys that can take the place of your dog’s food bowl, where pet parents can put food inside of a safe chew toy and the dog actually has to use their energy and problem solving skills to get the food out.  One of these toys is the PupPod.  This fun, interactive, high-tech puzzle game gives your dog the mental stimulation he craves and automatically keeps challenging him as he learns.  

4.  Home Activities.

If you’re stuck inside due to inclement weather, try bringing the fun indoors. Some fun games to try are hide and seek where you hide a toy or treat and encourage your dog to find it. There are also bouncy rubber toys that you can toss around your living room to get your dog running and jumping, burning energy and taking the place of any outdoor exercise that you would’ve otherwise engaged in. Just remove any fragile objects from the room to avoid accidents and messes.

5.  Go Pro.

Professional dog sports are becoming more and more popular. Sign your pup up for agility training or Rally which is an obedience driven sport that requires walking through a course and performing different commands. After an hour of rigorous training and activity, your high energy dog will not only be tired, but he’ll be more well behaved at home.

Regardless of the activities you choose to do with your dog, it’s important that you do them often. High energy dogs, also known as working dogs, thrive when they are given tasks, jobs and games to participate in, to keep their minds and bodies in motion. While most dogs enjoy regular exercise, a high energy dog needs to be very well-exercised in order to maintain a balanced and safe life, and stay happy, which makes for a happy and well-rested pet parent.

Dogs are smart, loving and loyal friends who just want to please their pet parents. The more time you spend with them, whether it’s just hanging out or training or exercising, the more they will respond to you, bond with you and trust you.

So play with your dog, not just to burn off excess energy, but also to build on the loving friendship you share with your furry best friend.

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Top 10 Things To Do When Your Dog Goes AWOL

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You’re sitting outside in your fenced in backyard, enjoying a cocktail with friends and watching your dog roam around your yard. It’s a warm evening, with a crescent moon and a few stars. All seems right with the world, until the unthinkable happens. Right before your eyes, your dog sees or hear something and just like that, uses the small chair or large rock to jump clear over the lowest part of your fence. Before you even realize what’s happened, your pup is out of sight, leaving your dumbfounded as to how this happened, and more importantly, how to get your dog back.

Whether it’s scaling a fence, getting loose from a leash, or dashing out the front door, a pet parent’s worst nightmare is the moment they realize their precious fur baby has gone missing. Having your dog go AWOL (absent without a leash) is one of the scariest and most dreaded moments of owning a pet. However, as helpless as you might feel, there are actually certain things you can do to help ensure your dog comes home or is returned to you as quickly and safely as possible.

Most importantly before it happens, make sure your dog has a visible tag with contact information. There are several great, inexpensive options.  We like PetHub tags because they provide an on-line profile where all your dog's information is stored along with multiple points of contact if you dog does go missing.

Here are the Top 10 to do when your dog goes AWOL:

  1. Stay Calm. Even though your heart is racing and you are desperate to have your fur baby back in your arms, you must stay calm. Many actions and decisions made while in a panicked state of mind can actually make the situation worse. So, the first thing you need to remember is to stay calm with a level head.
  2. No Running. If you see your dog, it’s never a good idea to run directly toward him. This can either scare your pet or make him think you’re playing. Both scenarios will have your dog running away from you, and most likely away from your home, thus having the opposite effect of what you desire.
  3. Have Your Pup Come to You. Remember those games you play with your dog that have him running to you? Now is the perfect time to use those games as strategies to get your dog to come to you. While running after your dog is a big no-no, having your dog run to you is the perfect way of getting your pup home quick and safe.
  4. Open Your Home. Many dogs will come home after they’ve had enough of exploring the street and neighborhood. Make sure your gates and doors are open to allow for easy access into your home. Otherwise, your pooch might come back and be as close as your front yard, but then without seeing a way in, may be easily distracted and run off again.
  5. Pull Out Your Dog’s Things. Dogs respond to scents, therefore putting out your dog’s favorite toys, food and bedding may entice him to come back, as well as, offer him a trail to follow as a direct path toward home.
  6. Bring Treats. This is the perfect time to bring out your dog’s favorite treats as a way of getting their attention and hopefully enticing them to follow you back home. If their favorite treat is the expensive one you only pull out on special occasions, this is the one to bring out now.
  7. Use a Slip Leash. A dog will often get scared or nervous when they are outside of their element. That’s why the easiest way to get your dog back under your control is a slip leash. While most leashes have a latch that must be clipped onto a collar or harness, a slip leash uses a loop system that easily loops over your dog’s head and then tightens when pulled, to act as a collar. It’s a simple way to get a loose dog back under your control, requires the least amount of fuss, and can be done from a slight distance if your dog is hiding under a porch or between two large objects.
  8. Hang Signs. Put up lots of signs throughout your neighborhood with a clear picture of your dog and your contact information. Do not include your dog’s name as that may lessen the chances of getting your dog back since dogs tend to be more welcoming and accepting of people who know their name. On the other hand, your neighbors can also be great assets in helping you find and get your dog back. Chances are, your neighbors are also your friends or even if they are just acquaintances, they know your dog, and more importantly, your dog knows them. So, if they see posted signs that your dog is missing, they will be on the look out for him, and will make an effort to corral him into their home or yard, to make it easier for you to be reunited.
  9. Rely on Friends and Shelters. Invite your friends and family to help you look for your pooch, and don’t forget to check local shelters. If someone who doesn’t know your dog finds him, there’s a good chance he will be taken to a local shelter where he will be put in a holding cell until he can be reunited with his owner. Unless your dog is microchipped and/or has a proper identification tag (both are highly recommended), the shelter staff will have no way of knowing who the dog belongs to and will need the owner to contact them to identify the dog.
  10. Be Patient and Positive. It may take a few tries and even several days to get your dog back home and safe in your arms. It’s important to stay patient and remain positive. Just like staying calm, being patient and positive will help you make smart decisions that will help ensure your dog’s safe return.

While there are no guarantees that you will be reunited with your lost dog, following these easy steps will definitely increase the odds in your favor. Dogs are known as man’s best friend, and so it’s important to believe that your dog wants to be back in your arms as badly as you want him to, and maybe even more so. It’s a big and sometimes scary world out there, especially for a dog who is lost and possibly scared or timid. As hard as it might be, these are the moments when you must be the clear, level headed adult, and make smart choices to hopefully get your dog back as quickly and safely as possible.

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June 25-July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week

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Just like people, pets can experience anxiety. For an owner, it can be difficult to see your dog upset and not be able to do anything about it. A Clawguard can protect your door from scratching, but there's more to addressing the root cause of your pet's fear and anxiety.

June 25 - July 1 is Pet Anxiety Awareness Week, which hopes to raise awareness about the symptoms and behaviors associated with pet anxiety. Check out our infographic for common symptoms that may indicate your dog is feeling stressed:

How to tell if your dog is stressed

If you think your pet is struggling with anxiety, seeking help from a professional may be your best bet. These tips will help you find the perfect dog trainer.

With the summer season also comes fireworks, and even the calmest dog may feel extra stress with loud explosions shaking the house and strange lights outside. For anxious dogs, the 4th of July can be a nightmare. Plan ahead to make the holiday a little less stressful on your pets.

Looking for more info on pet anxiety? Check out these articles.

 

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